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Written answers

Monday, 5 November 2001

  • Solicitor-General

    • Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she has been consulted on the legality of the use of cluster bombs.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ambassadors (Ethnic Origin)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to appoint the first (a) black and (b) Asian ambassador.

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by his Department; if he will list such assets sold over...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with the US Secretary of State the inclusion of Cuba on the US list of nations that sponsor terrorism;...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with particular reference to attacks on the Christian...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further discussions he plans to have with the Indonesian authorities on the subject of inter-religious violence.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from employers following the passage of the Part-Time Employees (Prevention of Less Favourite Treatment)...

    • Information and Consultation Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the sanctions proposed for firms that fail to comply with the information and consultation directive.

      Information and Consultation Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the European Parliament amendments to the draft information and consultation directive which were passed on 23...

      Information and Consultation Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make an assessment of the impact of the changes to the information and consultation directive which were agreed in the European...

  • Work and Pensions

    • International Labour Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the instruments adopted at the 88th session of the International Labour Conference.

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the CSA is owed in unpaid maintenance.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if new benefit claimants living in the postcode areas laid out in Schedule 1 of the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews)...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what help is available for those who wish to pursue signing courses to help with the advancement of an understanding of sign language.

  • Church Commissioners

    • St. Barnabas Reading

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the financial consequences of the actions of the Diocese of Oxford with regard to...

    • Inter-faith Dialogue

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what spending the Commission has allocated for policies designed to encourage inter-faith dialogue.

      Works of Art

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what his policy is on the sale of works of art owned by the Church of England.

      Child Care

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what money the commissioners have received for child care related matters in the last 12 months; and how it is used.

      Historic Buildings (VAT)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what representations the Commissioners have made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about remission of VAT on...

  • Prime Minister

    • Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will meet the Chinese Vice-President during his visit to the UK this month; and if he will raise the issue of Tibet.

    • Anthrax

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the holdings of anthrax by the Iraqi Government, with special reference to the particular strains held.

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Prime Minister what sub-committees he has constituted to support the Civil Contingencies Committee in its review of the country's contingency planning arrangements.

      Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister how many people are employed at (a) No. 10 Downing street and (b) the Cabinet Office; and how many were employed there on 1 May 1997.

      Assassination

      To ask the Prime Minister what the Government's policy is on the assassination of enemy leaders.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes in implementation date he anticipates for the following projects owing to the change of ownership of...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the decision to place Railtrack in administration on...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) at which discount rate used for the sensitivity analyses of the effect of changing discount rates on the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many lines on the London Underground were subject to delayed or cancelled services on Tuesday 23 October; what...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to replace the current fixed block signalling system on London Underground lines with...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many delays on London Underground were reported to have been caused by problems with (a) track and signalling and...

      Rail Upgrades (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans and programmes there were for (a) the upgrade of the east coast main line and (b) for upgrades and...

      Local Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to ensure everyone has access to local parks.

      County Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what amount is outstanding from the sale of County hall, London SE1 to the Shiryam group; how long it has been...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what salary the chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority will receive.

      Jubilee Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many signal failures were reported on the Jubilee line for the five days from Monday 22 October to Friday 26...

      Local Government (City of Westminster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to publish the research into public attitudes to local government structures in the City of Westminster.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what his latest estimate is of the total cost of completing the Crossrail project; (2) what proportion of...

      White Horse (Folkestone)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from English Nature on the proposal for a white horse on the downs above...

      Greater London Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what was the (a) percentage real-terms increase in the precept on average domestic rates by the Greater London...

      Regional Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) further to the publication of PPG 11, what plans his Department has to increase the scope of regional planning;...

      Regional Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to issue new or revised regional planning policy guidance in the next 12 months; if he...

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to increase turnout in (a) London Assembly and mayoral elections and (b) European...

      3G Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the (a) Treasury and (b) Department of Trade and Industry concerning 3G mobile phone...

      3G Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimates his Department has made of the increase in demand for additional mobile phone masts that will result...

      Schooling (Hackney)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what role he has played in the provision of schooling in the London borough of Hackney.

      Loft Conversions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to require planning permission to be obtained for loft conversions; and if he will make a statement.

      Park Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce legislation in relation to park homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorcyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what restrictions apply to the wearing of black visors by motorcyclists.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many publications were issued by her Department in each of the last four years.

    • Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, columns 41–42W, on Belize, if she will place in the Library copies of...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date her Department obtained legal advice on the validity and applicability of the 1982 Britain-Belize Investor Protection...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if her Department requested KPMG to assess whether the 1982 Britain-Belize Investor Protection Treaty applied to the public investment...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 13 July 2001, Official Report, column 653W, on Belize, if she will place in the Library (a) a copy of the...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings her Department has held since 3 August with the Government of Belize to discuss progress on the Commonwealth debt...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects her Department supports in India; and what the amount of grants is in each case.

      Tajikistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the extent of poverty and malnutrition in Tajikistan; and what aid has been offered to Tajikistan by the...

  • Defence

    • Harrier Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total requirement is for trained Harrier pilots in the (a) Navy and (b) RAF; and how many there are at present in each case.

    • Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve retention rates within the armed forces.

      Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is to improve the career prospects and retention of young service men and women; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces (Pensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the report on the armed forces pension scheme will be published.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by his Department; if he will list such assets sold over the last three years...

      Debt of Honour Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set up a website giving a debt of honour register similar to that on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, to provide personal and...

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Challenger 2 main battle tanks failed to complete Exercise Saif Sareea 2 because of mechanical or technical problems.

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected life is of airfilters used in Challenger 2 main battle tanks in desert conditions.

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the cost of converting Challenger 2 main battle tanks for desert conditions.

      Army Foundation College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be made on the establishment of an Army Foundation College in Dundee; and where the other proposed sites are for this establishment.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the royal prerogative in the most recent calendar month for which...

      Pharmaceutical Plants (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to ensure that plants which manufacture antibiotics for the treatment of anthrax and other biological or chemical weapons...

      Role 3 Field Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding he is providing for the establishment of a Role 3 field hospital in partnership with the Netherlands; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much time HMS Ocean spent in dock undergoing repairs, before being handed over to the Royal Navy; how much time she has spent in service at sea,...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Gurkha reinforcement companies in the British Army and the units to which they are assigned.

      Suez Campaign Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to introduce a medal for the Suez campaign; and if he will make a statement on how veterans of that conflict may be recognised for...

      Glencorse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funds will be made available to maintain Glencorse Barracks pending announcement of plans for its reuse.

      Glencorse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to house an infantry battalion in Glencorse Barracks; and when this will take place; (2) if the options for Glencorse Barracks...

      Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to celebrate 300 years of British rule in Gibraltar.

      Chinooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Chinooks were unserviceable during Exercise Saif Sareea 2; and for what period of time.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis she was convinced that the information concerning tests to establish the presence of BSE in sheep, presented to...

    • Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the results of the inquiries into the errors made by the Institute of Animal Health in relation to BSE in sheep will be...

      Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to conduct further research into whether BSE is present in the national sheep flock; and if she will made...

      Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what inquiries have been commissioned into the results of the Institute of Animal Health in relation to BSE in sheep;...

      Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will give details of all work commissioned or undertaken by (a) the Government and (b) its agencies into BSE in sheep...

      Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to achieve faster results from tests to establish whether sheep have been infected with BSE.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish a Bill to enable the Government to take powers to ensure the removal, from the national sheep...

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to eliminate scrapie from the national sheep flock; and if she will make a statement.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what would be the estimated net cost to public funds of drawing down all EU agrimonetary compensation packages currently...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effect on the environment of dioxin veltase associated with the disposal of carcases...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to give financial assistance to the Youth Hostel Association to offset the impact of foot and mouth disease.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to tighten controls on the importation of meat products.

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce the amount of waste being disposed of by incineration; and if she will make a statement.

      Veterinary Medicinal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on European Commission proposals to reclassify veterinary medicinal products as prescription...

      Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from the Food Standards Agency regarding the adequacy of food import controls;...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants are employed in each area of her Department's responsibilities, and at what grades; and what the...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed in her Department; and at what cost to public funds.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the insurance industry regarding flood cover on (a) private and (b) commercial...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the Environment Agency regarding the funds available for work on flood defences.

      Consultation Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many consultation exercises by her Department are in progress.

      Pheasants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has of the number of pheasants (a) reared and (b) shot each year for (i) agricultural and (ii)...

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Board of British Waterways on the scope of its activities in relation to the...

      Council for Voluntary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance she provides to support the Council for Voluntary Services. [R]

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the (a) names of the board members appointed to the Carbon Trust in each case listing the sector or...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) under what powers the Ofwat Regulator can (a) compel water companies to install meters at the request of tenants, (b)...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to encourage a reduction of litter in London.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish a combined heat and power strategy.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps she plans to take to ensure that 10 GW can be generated by combined heat and power by 2010.

  • Education and Skills

    • SEN Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases were referred to SEN tribunals in each local education authority in England in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c)...

    • AS-level Examination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to abolish the AS level examination; what assessment she has made of the impact of the introduction of the AS level...

      Healthy Lifestyles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives her Department aims at children of school age to promote healthy lifestyles and positive activities not involving drugs and...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision is made for disability issues and education in the legislation governing residential special schools.

      IT Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many IT teaching posts in higher education were unfilled in 2000; (2) what recent studies she has carried out into the shortage...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the age participation rate in (a) higher education and (b) first degree course for each year since 1980.

      Northamptonshire (Local Initiatives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual expenditure by her Department was on centrally financed local initiatives in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) Northampton borough...

      Northamptonshire (School Places)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent steps her Department has taken to assist Northamptonshire local education authority in increasing the provision of school places...

      Northamptonshire (Class Sizes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children aged (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven are taught in classes of over 30 in schools in Northampton; and what were...

      School Autonomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria she will use to assess if a school should be given greater autonomy.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the criteria by which faith schools are determined to be inclusive.

      Schools (Administrative Burdens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she has taken to reduce the administrative burdens on (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools; and if she will make a...

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to give headteachers greater control over the allocation of performance related pay in their own schools; and if she will...

      Powers and Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to decentralise powers and funding from (a) national Government to local government and (b) local education authorities...

      A-level Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of A-level examination papers have been graded at grade A for each of the last 20 years; how many A-level examinations have...

      A-level Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average points score at A-level was for (a) pupils educated in local authorities which retain grammar schools, (b) pupils educated...

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how may school children in England are judged to be illiterate in each age cohort; and if she will make a statement.

      Failing Schools (Private Firms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the statutory provisions that prevent private firms taking over the running of failing schools.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to allow 12 to 13-year-old pupils to drop history and geography as part of the curriculum.

      School Cleanliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to monitor the cleanliness of schools.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in each LEA how many and what proportion of secondary school pupils received free school meals; how many pupils received free school meals...

      GCSE Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils attained five or more GCSE passes at grades A-C, by social class, in (a) grammar schools and (b) comprehensive schools in...

      Nuclear Engineering Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list those universities offering a course in nuclear engineering; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills over what transitional period the new funding formula for Worcestershire schools will be phased in; and if she will make a statement.

      Teachers (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers from ethnic minorities have entered the profession in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities had agreed new targets in literacy and numeracy for 11-year-olds by 26 October; and what the targets were...

      Three-year-olds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were provided for three-year-olds in each local education authority in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01 (i) in...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to encourage more children to continue their education in (a) sixth form and (b) further education colleges.

      Violent and Disruptive Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce legislation to deal with pupils who are violent and disruptive in the classroom and who threaten (a) teachers and (b)...

      School Grounds (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which school grounds in Sussex have been sold since May 1997.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the evidence that informed her judgment relating to the impact on the Government's target for 18 to 30-year-olds in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Leisure Services (Lee Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on leisure services operated by the Lee Valley Authority.

    • Sport (Centres of Excellence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on regional centres of excellence for sports.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans for representation for Wales on the proposed Ofcom.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the effects of foot and mouth disease on the hotel industry.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the effects of foot and mouth disease on the tourism industry in England.

      British Cultural Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce plans to encourage the celebration of British cultural identity.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to promote equal opportunities among the non-departmental public bodies which her Department funds.

      Community Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to give children more opportunities to participate in sport in the community.

      Community Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the facilities available for sport in the community.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on when Britain will have a national stadium.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on a national stadium for England.

      Community Radio Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the result of the latest bids for community radio licences will be announced.

      Coalfield Communities (Lottery Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made in ensuring that coalfield communities receive a greater share of national lottery proceeds.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has had regarding gaming machines in private clubs.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the gambling review.

      Picketts Lock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the decision to abandon Picketts Lock as a venue for the world athletics championships.

      Dual Use Stadiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the viability of dual use stadiums with retractable seating for football and athletics; and if she will...

      Eden Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress on the Eden project.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the subsidy paid to S4C; and if she will make a statement.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the network television broadcasting of World Cup matches in the United Kingdom.

      Sports Coaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of the Minister for Sport of 16 July 2001, Official Report, column 4, if she will report the outcome of the...

      Sports Coaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for parents and grandparents to take basic sport coaching courses; and what links they will have to the National...

      Sports Coaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to promote coaching skills among parents.

      Museum and Gallery Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made towards ensuring free entry to national museums and galleries.

      Lottery Moneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the total amount of lottery moneys paid by parliamentary constituency in each of the last four years.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to review the procedure for awarding the national lottery operating licence.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in improving the service provided by public libraries.

      Sport and Recreation Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what figures she has collated on spending by local authorities in England on sport and recreation facilities since 1997; and if she will...

  • Treasury

    • Cancer Patients

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of prostate cancer patients live for at least five years after treatment in the United Kingdom, and what is the average such...

    • Mobile Phone Licences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Department of Trade and Industry and (b) Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions...

      Illegally Imported Alcohol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue lost each year to the Treasury because of illegally imported alcohol; and what plans he has to reduce the loss.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the target of HM Customs and Excise is for detecting notifiable export irregularities.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made since 11 September of the priority given by HM Customs and Excise to detecting notifiable import and export irregularities.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many and in what percentage of searches of premises by HM Customs and Excise were (a) smuggled goods and (b) other evidence relating to an offence...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many searches of premises were conducted by HM Customs and Excise (a) by consent, (b) by warrant and (c) by writ of assistance in (i) 1999–2000,...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were taken to court for Common Agricultural Policy export refund offences and irregularities levied by the Intervention Board as a result of...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were detained after arrest by HM Customs and Excise in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to date; and how...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions were brought by HM Customs and Excise in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to date in cases where the...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many searches of persons carried out by Customs and Excise officers related to (a) drugs, (b) revenue goods and (c) other prohibited or restricted goods...

      Individual Pension Account

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to introduce the individual pension account.

      FRS 17 Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the FRS 17 regulations on portfolio decisions of pension fund managers; and if he will make a statement.

      Kingscrest Case

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 127W, on care homes, what steps his Department has taken to challenge the decision of the...

      Landfill Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which organisations and individuals he has (a) already consulted and (b) plans to consult on the future of landfill tax credit; and when the...

      Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answers of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 375W, and 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 625W, on brownfield sites, what...

      Tobin Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his European colleagues on the Tobin tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Tobin Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about the Tobin tax.

      Church Repairs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of his policy on making a grant available for the repair of churches in lieu of reducing VAT; and what...

      Sustainable Waste Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of the environmental bodies in meeting his indicative guidelines for spending on sustainable waste management...

      Bank Disclosures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 204W, on bank disclosures, what (a) barriers to and (b) opportunities for growth in the...

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the World Economic Forum calculation of the change in the ranking of the United Kingdom in the league table of...

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Institute of Management Development calculation of the change in the ranking of the United Kingdom in the league table of...

      Market Abuse Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on his position in regard to the proposed EU market abuse directive; (2) what the forecast cost to the UK financial...

      Charities (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the taxation of charities.

      Business Start-up Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the provision of business start-up tax credits in the Objective 1 areas.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the saving to public funds that will be realised by the establishment of the Office of Government Commerce.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes in the rate of value added tax have been introduced since 1 May 1997.

      Mortgage Lenders (Fees)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to prohibit the practice of mortgage lenders charging their customers a fee should they move their mortgage to an alternative mortgage...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has of the tax revenue received in each of the last three financial years from the sale of (a) cigars and (b) cigarettes.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the mean annual revenue in terms of (a) tobacco tax and (b) VAT on combined cost of tobacco products and the duty thereon imposed, from each smoker...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on fiscal variations; and if he will make a statement.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the value of cross-Channel smuggling in summer (a) 2001 and (b) 2000.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the share of the tobacco market represented by illicit supplies in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 to the most recent date...

      Cigarette Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cigarettes were seized by HM Customs and Excise in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 to the latest date for which information is available to him.

  • House of Commons

    • Travel Warrants (Members' Spouses)

      To ask the President of the Council what plans there are to increase the number of travel warrants available to the spouses of Members each year.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many special advisers employed by the Government participate directly with civil service press and public relations staff in the planning and implementation...

    • Civil Service (Departmental Changes)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the net effect on full-time employee headcount of the civil service of the departmental changes announced in June.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Deaths (Registration)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor will take steps to change the law on the registration of deaths to ensure equality of treatment as between...

    • Georgina McCarthy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action she intends to take on the Family Law Act Sub-Committee's report on the murder of Georgina McCarthy.

      Bailiff Law

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans she has to reform bailiff law.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available, how many applications for legal aid in claims for clinical...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the cost, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, of legal aid in claims for clinical negligence...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many court cases in magistrates courts have been abandoned in each of the last five years owing to non-appearance of (a)...

      Working Group on Gender Allocation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a further statement on progress of the Home Office Working Group on Gender Allocation.

      Induction and Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what advice and representation will be available to asylum seekers in induction and accommodation centres.

  • Home Department

    • Category A Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were classified as category A prisoners in prisons in England and Wales as at 1 July.

    • Personal Identity Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance the Government give to Departments in cases involving the loss of personal identity documents (a) when they are being held by...

      Road Traffic Offences (Fines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue was generated from fines for road traffic offences in the last 12 months.

      Religious Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 19 October 2001, Official Report, column 1399W, on religious discrimination, if he will list the research...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security profile is carried out on refugees arriving in the UK.

      Foreign Armed Forces (UK Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking concerning British citizens who serve with the Taliban forces.

      Foreign Armed Forces (UK Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on dealing with British citizens apprehended in Afghanistan taking arms against British military personnel, on their...

      Victims of Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance is offered to asylum seekers who make an application to enter the UK on the basis of providing evidence that they are the...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and charged with and (b) convicted of cannabis possession in (i) the Thames Valley police authority area...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the effect on the (a) quantity of cannabis consumed in the UK, (b) quantity of tobacco consumed in the UK and...

      Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reviews of sex offences are in progress in his Department; and when their conclusions will be reported to the House.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information will be stored on the asylum seekers' identification smart card.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum claims by (a) families, (b) unaccompanied minors and (c) all persons were rejected on the grounds of non-compliance (i) as an...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the percentage of applications for asylum refused on non-compliance grounds at the initial decision stage by country of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purpose asylum seekers will be required to present their application registration cards.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether employers will be required to check the Application Registration Card of employees they believe to be asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money per (a) individual and (b) family was allocated to Barnsley metropolitan district council in respect of (i) council housing...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in Barnsley metropolitan borough council are funded by the Government.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers, and (b) others applying under immigration law whose cases and appeals have failed (i) left the UK voluntarily...

      Prison High Security Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the £70 million allocated for new places in the prison high security estate announced in September 2000 has been spent.

      Overstayers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the processing of applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK made under the...

      Charity Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received by the Charity Commissioners and from how many complainants; how many have been fully or partially...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Criminal Records Bureau will be launched; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Justice System Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the Criminal Justice System Reserve has been (a) allocated and (b) spent to date; and if he will make a statement about his plans...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimation he has made of the pilot projects on drug testing for detainees in (a) Staffordshire, (b) Hackney and (c) Nottingham.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will respond to the fax from the hon. Member for Poole of 11 September on Leonilla Beck (Ref 16407/1).

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on the charitable status of independent schools.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will abolish the charitable status for independent schools.

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received by NASS in respect of sub-standard accommodation provided for asylum seekers since April 2000; and if...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many part 8 reviews have been carried out by the Metropolitan police on incidents of domestic violence since the inception of the system.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people accused of capital crimes have been extradited to the USA since 11 May 1997; and under what arrangements.

      Political Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied when deciding whether an unsuccessful applicant for political asylum should be granted exceptional leave to remain;...

      Political Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of applications for political asylum came from people who have already been living in the United Kingdom for at least six months.

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in the county of Essex for (a) serious motoring offences and (b) speeding by motor vehicles in (i) each...

      Joint Enterprise Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to propose amendments to the law in respect of serious charges involving joint enterprise.

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the (a) size and (b) caseload of the National Criminal Intelligence Service and its predecessor bodies in each year since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answers of 3 October 2001 to the hon. Member for Crosby (refs. 9417, 9418 and 9419), when he will provide a substantive reply.

      Young Offenders (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week on average have been spent on education courses by those serving custodial sentences of compulsory school age in each...

      Prisoners (Depression)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners were identified as suffering from clinical depression at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prison inmates were assessed as having literacy and numeracy skills below level 2 at the latest date for which figures are...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to (a) collect and (b) publish data on the average time spent in prison education classes by prisoners in...

      Prisoners (Special Educational Needs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the number of prisoners in each of Her Majesty's prisons with special educational needs.

      Young Offenders (Penalties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consultations he has had regarding reducing penalties in youth courts for (a) criminal damage (b) shoplifting and (c) offences...

      Young Offenders (Penalties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement regarding the tariff of penalties in youth courts for criminal damage offences.

      Penalty Downgrading

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Judicial Studies Board with regard to downgrading penalties issued by magistrates for low seriousness...

  • Health

    • Heart Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take into account the implications of the Bristol inquiry report before making further decisions on the national specialist commissionary...

    • Small Birthing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will allocate funds to increase the number of small birthing units, led by midwives in hospitals without a maternity unit; and if he will make a...

      Community Equipment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what system is used to allocate budgets for community equipment services to local NHS trusts and social services departments. [R]

      Community Equipment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS trusts and social services departments that have received funds from the community equipment services budget this financial year. [R]

      Community Equipment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the national budget is for community equipment services for the 2001–02 financial year. [R]

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what levels of investment have been made and what initiatives have been taken to promote access to NHS dentists in Shropshire since 1997.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investment is planned to promote access to NHS dentistry in Shropshire.

      Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the methodology used to calculate the top and bottom 14 social services departments as set out in the publication of Social Services...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what private finance initiative projects in mental health services have (a) been given approval and (b) had contracts signed since 1 May 1997.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the occupancy rate of NHS mental health beds, excluding day only, is in each London hospital.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking (a) to promote mental health and (b) to encourage people to seek help at an early stage, among those from an ethnic minority...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health carer support workers have been recruited in accordance with the NHS Plan.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of major depression and self-harm in children; and if he will make a statement on recent trends.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the prevalence of mental illness is in children; and if he will make a statement setting out his assessment of recent trends.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in 2000–01 for medicines used to treat mental illness.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were formally admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 in (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proportion of those admitted to psychiatric wards who come from ethnic minority backgrounds; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the annual number of people with a diagnosis of severe mental illness who are refused treatment when they ask for it.

      Special Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places there were in the special hospitals at (a) Ashworth, (b) Broadmoor and (c) Rampton (i) in 1996–97 and (ii) at the latest date for...

      Electro-convulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ECT treatments were administered in 2000–01.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the original date was for the introduction of the national standard framework for diabetes; what it is now; and if he will make a statement.

      Head Injury Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the Health Committee report entitled "Head Injury: Rehabilitation".

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses (a) returned to and (b) left the NHS in (i) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01.

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the arrangements to be in place for NHS patients to travel abroad for their operations when they live outside a pilot site.

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if primary care trusts have the option to secure treatment for NHS patients in other European countries; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money is being made available to support the initiative to reduce waiting lists through the funding of operations for UK citizens in other...

      Professor David Southall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to the NHS of locums to cover the duties of Professor David Southall during his two year suspension.

      Cancer Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will extend the guidelines for the referral of patients with suspected cancer for an appointment within two weeks to include patients with atypical...

      GP Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the population who regularly visit their general practitioner for each of the last 10 years.

      New Hospital (Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the new hospital planned for Oldchurch Park, Romford.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the safety of genetically modified crops grown for human consumption.

      Coquetdale Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects work to start on the Coquetdale Hospital redevelopment at Rothbury, Northumberland; and if he will make a statement.

      Residential Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 159W, how many residential nursing homes have closed and beds been lost in Great...

      Residential Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, columns 159-60W, which client groups have been included in the figures provided in written...

      Residential Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written answers of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 159-60W, whether the figures provided include small residential homes of less...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds his Department allocated to local authorities for the uprating of the capital limit for residential care.

      Specialist Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received concerning the ending of the transition period for entry of non-consultant career grades to the specialist...

      NHS (Suspensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) NHS consultants, (b) general practitioners, (c) public health doctors and (d) managers presently suspended, indicating the...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for completion of the national suicide prevention strategy.

      Private Health Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the involvement of the private sector in the provision of health care; and if he will make a statement.

      PFI Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many major hospital developments have been authorised under the Private Finance Initiative; how many of these are (a) completed and (b) nearing...

      NHS Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will state the total lump sum cash payment received by the NHS Pension Agency from transfers back into the scheme as a result of the outcome of...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what long-term measures there are to encourage midwives to return to work in the NHS apart from the existing one-off incentive payment; and under what...

      Tonsillectomies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tonsil operations have been cancelled in the last 12 months; how many patients are waiting for tonsil operations; what the average waiting time...

      NHS Priority Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on giving priority to NHS patients over private health policy holders for operations in NHS hospitals.

      General Practioner Appraisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the number of general practitioners who have come forward to act as general practitioner appraisers.

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to initiate further trials into the effectiveness of beta interferon; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Outline Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason his Department will not accept strategic outline cases for future hospital projects; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was (a) the original tender price, (b) final cost, (c) projected time for construction and (d) actual time for construction for each of the last 20...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department monitors the implementation of NICE appraisal guidance throughout the NHS; and if he will make a statement; (2) what advice his...

  • House of Lords

    • Palestinian Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Israel following its latest assault on several towns in the autonomous Palestinian territories.

    • Middle East Peace Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new and urgent initiatives they are taking bilaterally and through the European Union to further the Middle East peace process and implement United Nations...

      Embarkation Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they ceased to require passengers departing from the United Kingdom by air to show their passports to officers from the Immigration Service; why this practice...

      Mutual Understanding on Religious Issues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that there is regular consultation between the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Education and Skills...

      FRY: Export Controls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any recent changes to export controls in place against the FRY.

      Companies Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On average over the past three calendar years, how many companies registered in England or Wales have notified the Registrar of Companies of a change in their...

      Premature Babies: Pain Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of research published by the Medical Research Council which concludes that the foetus may be aware of pain after 20 weeks of gestation,...

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the target date of April 2002, by which all clinicians are to be connected to the National Health Service information network, will be met.

      Countryside Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations of the report Working for the Countryside published jointly by the English Tourism Council and the Countryside Agency...

      Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which projects they are funding that are looking into BSE and transmissable spongiform encephalopathy (TSE).

      Public Order Order 1987

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in Northern Ireland for provoking fear and hatred on religious grounds in each year since the Public...

      Provisional IRA and International Terrorist Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What international terrorist groups they believe the Provisional IRA has been in contact with over the last 15 years.

      Northern Ireland: Fireworks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider re-imposing the total ban on the sale and use of fireworks for private use in Northern Ireland.

      Contingency Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sub-committees he has constituted to support the Civil Contingencies Committee in its review of the country's contingency planning arrangements.

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